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Published and copyright 2010 by David Cohen.
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Event Sponsors

Donations were also received from David Cohen (Chess Federation of Canada rating fee, duplicate scoresheets); and the parents of Jackie Peng and Dora Liu (food for the players) - thanks!

Special thanks to our team of chess masters, who gave of their time, energy and knowledge, and paid their own expenses to attend.


2010 Women vs. Masters Team Match

Sunday, August 29, 2010.
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario.

Active rated by the Chess Federation of Canada. A Fischer time control of Game/10 minutes + 30 seconds from move 1 was used.


Our teams

Women

Dina Kagramanov, Iulia Lacau-Rodean, Jackie Peng, Rebecca Giblon, Melissa Giblon, Jiaxin Dora Liu

Dina Kagramanov Iulia Lacau-Rodean Jackie Peng Rebecca Giblon Melissa Giblon Jiaxin Dora Liu

Masters

Brett Campbell, Lawrence Day, Liam Henry, Hans Jung, Michael Kleinman

Brett Campbell Lawrence Day Liam Henry Hans Jung Michael Kleinman

Photo credits: Dina Kagramanov - copyright 2008 by Dina Kagramanov; Iulia Lacau-Rodean - copyright 2010 by Iulia Lacau-Rodean; Jackie Peng - 2008 Canadian Youth Championships, Quebec City, copyright 2008 MonRoi; Rebecca Giblon - Hart House, Toronto, 2008, copyright 2008 by the photographer David Cohen; Melissa Giblon - 2009 Labour Day, Toronto, copyright 2009 by the photographer David Cohen; Jiaxin Dora Liu - 2009 Labour Day, Toronto, copyright 2009 by the photographer David Cohen; Brett Campbell - at Zoltan Sarosy 100th birthday party, Toronto, copyright 2006 by the photographer David Cohen; Lawrence Day - 1971 World Students' Team Championship, Shakmat chess magazine, Issue 18 (282) p.17, Latvia, 1971, photo by Aivars Gipslis; Liam Henry - Hart House, Toronto, 2008, copyright 2008 by the photographer David Cohen; Hans Jung - 2009 Toronto Open Championship, copyright 2009 by the photographer David Cohen; Michael Kleinman - 2009 Thanksgiving Open, Toronto, copyright 2009 by the photographer David Cohen.


Wrap-up

Report

The 2010 Women vs. Masters Team Match took place Sunday, August 29 at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario. The event was originally conceived as a training match for Canada's 2010 Women's Olympiad Team. The idea was to follow the format of the 2004 Todd Southam Memorial which I organized: a team of masters takes on a team of younger players. In a Team Scheveningen match, all players from one side play all the players on the other side. With five players on the Olympiad Team, we needed five masters for them to practice against. In the end, only two members of the Olympiad Team were able to attend. Fortunately, they were the two most in need of practice: Dina just graduated from university; and Iulia just completed a summer semester at university. To obtain a group of masters to oppose them, I first invited some of our top female players to join them on the Women's Team. This turned the event into an excellent training opportunity for our rising female stars, many of whom aim to earn a place on our Olympiad Team in the future!

The competition was Active rated by the Chess Federation of Canada. A Fischer time control of Game/10 minutes + 30 seconds from move 1 was used. This simulates an Active time control of Game/30 minutes. The main difference is that it enabled the two Olympiad Team members to practice with the Olympiad situation, where their games will continue to the end with the 30 seconds per move added on.

Our line-ups:

Women's team

WIM Dina Kagramanov - Canada's 2010 Women's Olympiad Team member and Canadian Women's Champion
Iulia Lacau-Rodean - Canada's 2010 Women's Olympiad Team member
Jackie Peng - 2010 Canadian Girls Under 12 Champion and 2010 Pan-American Girls Under 12 Bronze Medalist
Rebecca Giblon - 2009 Canadian Girls Under 12 Champion
Melissa Giblon - 2009 Canadian Girls Under 10 Champion
Jiaxin Dora Liu - 2009 Canadian Girls Under 8 Champion; top girl, 2009 North American Under-8 Championship; and 2010 North American Girls Under 10 Bronze Medalist

Masters Team

FM Brett Campbell
IM Lawrence Day
Liam Henry - 2008 Canadian Amateur Champion
FM Hans Jung
Michael Kleinman - 2010 Ontario Champion

The final result of the games against the masters was Masters 26.5, Women 1.5. Iulia drew Lawrence, with the chess player's lament of "I was winning!" Hans gave up a couple of draws, to Dina and Jackie. I think the intensity of the competition was nicely summed up by Brett: "There's no easy games!"

Thanks to Ted Winick and Chess Institute of Canada; staff at Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto; parents of our junior competitors; Mark Bluvshtein for advice; and our Master Team for making an excellent day for our Women's Team!

Organizer, Tournament Director, Website, Report and Games: IA David Cohen.

Rating

The match was rated by the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC):

2010 Women vs. Masters Team Match

If you don't get the correct cross-table, then visit their web site; click on 'Products & Services'; click on cross-tables; choose Ontario, 2010/07-2010/12, Active; click on 'Submit'; and look down the list, which is sorted by date, for the match on 8/29.

Final Standings

Masters 26.5 - 1.5 Women.

With substitutes:
Masters 29 - 5 Women.

Games

The games will be available here after the 2010 Olympiad.

Here are some positions from the match to practice your tactics on.

White to play

Diagram 1 Day-M.Giblon Diagram 2 Jung-Liu

Black to play

Diagram 3 Peng-Kleinman Diagram 4 R.Giblon-Day Diagram 5 Henry-Peng

Solutions

Diagram 1: Lawrence Day - Melissa Giblon
23. Nc6 Qe6 24. Nxa7

Diagram 2: Hans Jung - Jiaxin Dora Liu
35. Bxf6 Kg6 36. Bxg7 Bxg7 37. Rxg7+ Kf5 38. f4

Diagram 3: Jackie Peng - Michael Kleinman
16... Rc4 17. Bb3 Nxe4 18. Qe3 Rxd4 19. Rxd4 Bxd4 20. Qxd4 Nc5

Diagram 4: Rebecca Giblon - Lawrence Day
31... Ne2+ intermediate move

Diagram 5: Liam Henry - Jackie Peng
20... Nxe4 21. Nxb8 Nxd2 22. Bxd2 Rxb8 23. c3


Round 6

We were running late, and Dina and Iulia had other obligations, so they left.

Pairings and Results

Lawrence Day 1-0 Jackie Peng
Hans Jung 1-0 Rebecca Giblon
Brett Campbell 1-0 Melissa Giblon
David Cohen 1/2-1/2 Jiaxin Dora Liu

Round 5

Pairings and Results

Dina Kagramanov 0-1 Michael Kleinman
Iulia Lacau-Rodean 1/2-1/2 Lawrence Day
Jackie Peng 1/2-1/2 Hans Jung
Rebecca Giblon 0-1 Brett Campbell
Melissa Giblon 0-1 David Cohen
Jiaxin Dora Liu 0-1 Liam Henry

Round 4

Pairings and Results

Lawrence Day 1-0 Dina Kagramanov
Hans Jung 1-0 Iulia Lacau-Rodean
Brett Campbell 1-0 Jackie Peng
David Cohen 1/2-1/2 Rebecca Giblon
Liam Henry 1-0 Melissa Giblon
Michael Kleinman 1-0 Jiaxin Dora Liu

2010 Women vs. Masters Team 6 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 7 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 8

2010 Women vs. Masters Team 9 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 10

2010 Women vs. Masters Team 11 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 12 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 13


Round 3

Pairings and Results

Dina Kagramanov 1/2-1/2 Hans Jung
Iulia Lacau-Rodean 0-1 Brett Campbell
Jackie Peng 1/2-1/2 David Cohen
Rebecca Giblon 0-1 Liam Henry
Melissa Giblon 0-1 Michael Kleinman
Jiaxin Dora Liu 0-1 Lawrence Day

2010 Women vs. Masters Team 3 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 4 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 5


Round 2

Pairings and Results

Brett Campbell 1-0 Dina Kagramanov
David Cohen 0-1 Iulia Lacau-Rodean
Liam Henry 1-0 Jackie Peng
Michael Kleinman 1-0 Rebecca Giblon
Lawrence Day 1-0 Melissa Giblon
Hans Jung 1-0 Jiaxin Dora Liu

Round 1

One master couldn't attend, so Ted Winick filled in this round, and David Cohen filled in for subsequent rounds.

Pairings and Results

Dina Kagramanov 1-0 Ted Winick
Iulia Lacau-Rodean 0-1 Liam Henry
Jackie Peng 0-1 Michael Kleinman
Rebecca Giblon 0-1 Lawrence Day
Melissa Giblon 0-1 Hans Jung
Jiaxin Dora Liu 0-1 Brett Campbell

2010 Women vs. Masters Team 1 2010 Women vs. Masters Team 2


Sponsor

Chess Institute of Canada was founded in 2005 by Ted Winick to promote responsibility for words and actions through children's chess.

Chess Institute of Canada provided the chess boards and pieces, as well as valuable organizational support. Thanks to Ted Winick and Brett Campbell.


Sponsor

The
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario, was the site of the recent 2010 Canadian Open Chess Championship. Their facilities were regarded as the best in recent memory for this annual event.

Westin Harbour Castle provided the playing site. Thanks to their friendly and excellent staff!


Previous Team Match vs. Masters

In 2004, David Cohen organized and directed the Todd Southam Memorial in the same format. The team of six masters defeated the team of six juniors 19-17.

Masters
Denis Allan, Doug Bailey, Lawrence Day, Maxim Krupnov, Evgeni Miller, Vinny Puri, Liam Henry (substitute)

Juniors
Tomas Krnan, Nikolay Noritsyn, David Peng, Zhe Quan, Hazel Smith, Shiyam Thavandiran


Organizer & Tournament Director

Your Organizer and Tournament Director is International Arbiter
David Cohen.

David Cohen

Photo: copyright 2008 by the photographer Lisette Lu.


All photos published here from the 2010 Women vs. Masters Team Match are copyright 2010 by the photographer David Cohen.